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Sean Peters | 9350 comments Mod
Another great leading man of the 40'a and 50's and supporting actor of the 60's and 70's.

One of the most popular throughout the 50's.

April 17, 1918 in O'Fallon, Illinois, USA

Died: November 12, 1981 (age 63) in Santa Monica, California, USA

Often infused his parts, even the more serious ones, with sardonic humor
Often portrays men related to war
Often portrays flirting men
Blue eyes and dark brown hair

Holden was the best man at the 1952 wedding of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#57). [1995]

Brian Donlevy was his best man when Holden married Brenda Marshall in 1941.

He was very instrumental in animal preservation in Africa. In the 1970s he purchased a large acreage of land with his own money and began an animal sanctuary. His love of the wild animal was shared with his then companion Stefanie Powers (from Hart to Hart (1979)). He would appear on talk shows to promote the saving of animals and to spread the word of anti-poaching and illegal animal trade.

A hygiene fanatic, he reportedly showered up to four times daily.

Won Best Actor for his role in Stalag 17 (1953). When accepting his statue at the Acadamy Awards, simply stated, "Thank you" and walked off.

He was voted the 63rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

A registered Republican, he rarely involved himself in political campaigns.

Turned down Henry Fonda's role in Mister Roberts (1955).

Turned down The Guns of Navarone (1961) because producer Carl Foreman wouldn't meet his fee of $750,000 + 20% of the gross.(lead role)

Holden was cast as Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969) after the role had been turned down by Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Sterling Hayden, Richard Boone and Robert Mitchum. Marvin actually accepted the role but pulled out after he was offered a larger pay deal to star in Paint Your Wagon (1969).

Turned down Marlon Brando's role in Sayonara (1957) in order to make The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).(good choice)

Was originally cast for the lead in The Rainmaker (1956), role eventually played by Burt Lancaster.

Was considered for the role of "Maurice Novak" in Career (1959).

In the last years of his life he increasingly suffered from emphysema.

Felt he didn't deserve the Academy Award for Best Actor for Stalag 17 (1953), and that the award should have gone to Burt Lancaster for From Here to Eternity (1953). His wife also felt that the honor was just a belated apology for snubbing his nomination for Sunset Blvd. (1950).

Hollwood Reporter" reported that Holden had signed to play the coach in That Championship Season (1982), but his death precluded that, and he was replaced by Robert Mitchum. Holden had also agreed to co-star with old friend Glenn Ford in "Dime Novel Sunset", which was never made.

Owned the "Mount Kenya Safari Club" with his business partners oil billionaire Ray Ryan and Swiss financier Carl Hirschmann. The most elite private members' club in the world. Membership was by invitation only and members included Bing Crosby, David Lean, Charles Chaplin, Steve McQueen, Conrad Hilton, Winston Churchill and Man Singh II. Stefanie Powers and John Hurt still keep houses adjoining the club.

My favourites

Bridge on The River Kwai
Sunset Boulevard
The Wild Bunch
Towering Inferno
Sabrina (he hated Humphrey Bogart/fell in love with Audren Hepburn)
Stalag 17
The Country Girl
The Bridges at Toko-Ri

message 2: by W (new)

W | 38 comments I loved Bridge on the River Kwai,and Network.Stalag 17 didn't impress much.

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